Monday of 26th week uneven numbered year Lundi de la 26e semaine, année impaire

“The least among you all is the one who is the greatest.”
Tuesday 15 September 2015

Za.8,1-8 Ps.101 Lk.9, 46-50

Monday of 26th Week, uneven numbered year

“An argument started between them about which one of them was the greatest.”

When Jesus washes his disciples feet, he manifests his desire to change the apostles’ view on life and about humanity. It is a challenge for God to unite the whole of humanity, women and men, with all the children of all continents, all into one people alone : the People of God. If we ask for the first place, we are no longer in the closeness the disciples had with Jesus when they were in fact listening to Him. However, they weren’t really paying attention to Jesus, for they hadn’t understood that the Good News wasn’t a question of a conquest of prestige and recognition. Jesus was for humility and service, and yet Jesus’ disciples didn’t catch onto his words. We, too, we hear or read these Gospel passages and yet always fall into a state of pride. God can tackle this challenge, with our good will, for he wants to bring about the unity of his dispersed children. This is Jesus’ prayer, facing Jerusalem, in the Kedron valley, close to the garden of Gethsemane. The place is marked by a small chapel in the shape of tears : here, Jesus cried over Jerusalem : ’How many times did I desire to gather all my children and you didn’t want this.’ God’s Love alone can put us in a state of happiness, for this Move gives meaning to our lives. It gives it its drive. What a challenge! Unity in everything God created!

“Jesus knew what thoughts were going through their minds, and he took a little child, whom he placed by his side, and then he said to them, ’Anyone who welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me ; and anyone who welcomes me, welcomes the one who sent me.The smallest among you all is the one who is greatest.”

Jesus knew about the discussion the disciples were having, so he took a small child and placed him next to him and said : ’’Whoever welcomes this child in my name, welcomes me.’ ’ And whoever welcomes me, welcomes the One who sent me. Whoever amongst you wants to be great, may he become small.’ Jesus explains to us what greatness is about, it is to accept the weakest person in his name, but this requires a heart that is humble. God gave us talents for us to be of service to one another. Our history is brimming of stories about people who didn’t use their talents for good things, who took advantage of

other people at evry chance they could get. I need to take a look at the attitude I have- is it one of service? Each day at the Eucharist we are soaked once more in the burning love of the Heart of Jesus who comes to save us by his Passion. God became Bread of Life so as to nourish our humanity. We can witness how hard it can be to live together- it is a challenge bringing together people who are so different. The saints, moved by the Holy Spirit, quenched their thirst in the living waters of Salvation. Throughout the world there are poor and little ones, who are artisans of peace and of unity.

“John spoke up : ’Master, ’he said, ’ we saw someone driving out devils in your name, and because he is not with us we tried to stop him.’ But Jesus said to him, ’You must not stop him; anyone who is not against you is for you.”

This Word is realized in a marvelous way with all people of good will. The conception of man and woman in biblical culture offers possibilities of a life together which are so ’marvelous’. God created man and woman in view of this blessed unity. It is out of zealous jealousy that John and the other disciples accuse this man of not being ’with them’. Now, the Holy Spirit undertakes all kinds of lovely works that we must discern serenely, taking our time. They are new, you will know their fruits, said Jesus. We ask Jesus for the grace to see people and actions with his eyes and with his heart, and not according to appearances. we ask especially for the grace not to prevent someone from doing good for his Church. Brought together around the poor, we are sisters and brothers of those who carry in their heart a great desire for unity and a desire to witness the desire God has to unite all of his children.

We ask for the grace to work for the unity of the scattered children of God